‘State of the Community’ hosts meeting to quell confusion on Issue 1

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — There’s an effort to change the structure of the Columbus City Council into a ward system, but voters still have a lot of question about Issue 1.

Tonight, the community is working together to come up with questions to pose to both sides of this issue, so they’re ready to vote informed.

“I’m growing up now and I’m becoming an adult and I would like to know a little bit more about what’s going on in my community,” says Taylor Carter, 17.

She voted for the first time in the primaries and plans to make her voice for the special election on August 2 to decide on Issue 1.

But, first she’s getting informed.

“For Issue 1, I’m just concerned about how vague the actual documentation is,” she says. “I’d also like to know how are we going to be grouped? What representation are we going to get from different parts of town? Is it going to be people in our community that’s representing us?”

Carter isn’t the only one with questions about the issue. She’s one of dozens of people who came to tonight’s State of the Community meetings to learn more.

Jodi Howell founder of State of the Community holds this monthly meeting to discuss issues in the city.

“There should be no more for us, without us,” says Howell. “We should know what’s going on and understand it. If you’re going to do something for the community, the community should be involved.”

Tonight, they’re formulating question to pose to both parties involved in Issue 1. Voters tonight expressed wanting to know what triggered this charter and how the ward system would benefit their neighborhoods.

“There’s a lot of questions about the issue and you know should we stay with the council at large or if we should go with the districts,” she says. “If it has anything to do with helping our community and building our community I think we need to know about it and not only should we know about it, but we should understand it.”

The questions the group came up with tonight will be asked to representatives on both sides of Issue 1. The public is invited to join in on that Q&A this Wednesday at the Main Library from 6:00 – 9:00pm.

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